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Film Review: Summerland

Director:    Jessica Swale Cast:    Gemma Arterton, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Courtenay, Penelope Wilton, Lucas Bond, Dixie Egerickx, Amanda Root Rating:    PG Running Time:    99 Australian Distributor:    Icon Films   “Summerland” begins like it’s going to be one thing, and then becomes something different. When it does that, my entire outlook on the film shifted. What started out as something of a familiar “odd couple” premise turns into an emotional story of what it means to become a parent, and how to see yourself as responsible forRead More

Film Review: How To Be A Good Wife

Director:    Martin Provost Cast:    Juliette Binoche, Noémie Lvovsky, Yolande Moreau, Edouard Baer, François Berléand, Marie Zabukovec Rating:    M Running Time:    108 Australian Distributor:    Palace Films   Set in 1967 at a home economics school in the medieval town of Boersch in the Alsace-Moselle region of France, Madame Paulette Van der Beck (Binoche) has to take over the administration of the school after her husband Robert (Berléand) unexpectedly departs the scene. She and her sister-in-law Gilberte (Moreau), with the aid of the eccentric nun Marie-Thérèse (Lvovsky),Read More

Film Review: I’m Your Woman

Director:     Julia Hart Cast:    Rachel Brosnahan, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Arinzé Kene, Frankie Faison, Marcelline Hugot, De’Mauri Parks, James McMenamin, Bill Heck, Jarrod DiGiorgi Rating:     MA Running Time:     120 Australian Distributor:    Amazon Prime   I’m Your Woman, directed by Julia Hart and starring Rachel Brosnahan, owes its influence to the 1970s classic crime dramas. Here’s the thing about the classic crime dramas: they were told from a man’s point of view.  What Julia Hart and Jordan Horowitz do with their script is change up the genre. Read More

Film Review: Fatman

Director:   Eshom Nelms, Ian Nelms Cast:  Mel Gibson, Walton Goggins, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Chance Hurstfield, Shaun Benson, Deborah Grover, Michelle Lang, Bill Turnbull, Bill Lake, Sean Tucker Rating:     MA Running Time:     100 Australian Distributor:    Icon Distribution   “Fatman” is weird – and not in the good way. This very strange, very dark, and very violent holiday fantasy is like nothing I’ve seen before or that I’d want to see again.  Times are tough and only getting tougher for Chris Cringle (Mel Gibson). Facing declining business for his teamRead More

Film Review: The Empty Man

Director:     David Prior Cast:    James Badge Dale, Marin Ireland, Stephen Root, Ron Canada, Robert Aramayo, Joel Courtney, Sasha Frolova. Rating:     MA Running Time:     137 Australian Distributor:    20th Century Studios   In its simplest form, The Empty Man is a cobbled together patchwork of other movies; an echo of past joys and woes from the big screen merged together to form one underwhelming film. To be fair though, the first act in this film is really quite good. We open to four hikers exploring the remoteRead More

Film Review: Guilt

Director:     Karl Jenner, Lyndsay Sarah Cast:     Janet Shay, Hayley Flowers, Sandra Stockley, David Woodland, Raelee Hill Rating:     M Running Time:     102 Australian Distributor:     GVN Releasing   A vigilante who targets child abusers begins to doubt her latest target’s guilt, after a mistake from her past is revealed in the thrilling GUILT, On Demand from GVN Releasing. Janet Shay, Hayley Flowers, David Woodland, and Raelee Hill star in a Karl Jenner and Lyndsay Sarah film. Jessie Fuller was a child psychologist. After becoming overwhelmed with the amount ofRead More

Film Review: Irresistible

Director:    Jon Stewart Cast:    Steve Carell, Rose Byrne, Chris Cooper, Mackenzie Davis, Topher Grace, Natasha Lyonne, Brent Sexton Rating:     M Running Time:     101 Australian Distributor:     Universal Pictures Australia   For a long time, Jon Stewart’s ‘Daily Show’ was a sharp take on US politics, fielded by a comedian who made a point about not giving a s**t about either side of the divide. It’s telling, then, that his first movie about American politics since his tenure on the Daily Show ended is something so clearlyRead More

Film Review: Unhinged

Director:    Derrick Borte Cast:   Russell Crowe, Caren Pistorius, Jimmi Simpson, Gabriel Bateman, Austin P. McKenzie Rating:     MA Running Time:     90 Australian Distributor:     Studio Canal   The B-film is being distributed by the start-up studio Solstice as an over-the-top violent road-rage film. It’s competently directed in a formulaic way by the German-born Derek Borte (“The Joneses”/”American Dreamer”) but weakly scripted by Carl Ellsworth (“Red Eye”). It entertains you with killings by knife, hammer, fire and pickup truck. Excuse me if those gory scenes failed to entertain me, whileRead More

Film Review: The Departure

Director:    Merland Hoxha Cast:    Jon Briddell, Kendall Chappell, Olivia Lemmon, Austin Lauer, Grant Wright Gunderson Rating:     MA Running Time:     71 Australian Distributor:     Amazon Prime   In Los Angeles, just as Nate (Grant Wright Gunderson) and his girlfriend Jessica (Kendall Chappell) decide to move in together, his boss Brice (Jon Briddell) asks him to manage the New York office for six months. Meanwhile, Nate’s friend John (Austin Lauer) is struggling to get somewhere with his girlfriend Amber (Olivia Lemmon), who seems distracted by someone else. AsRead More

Film Review: You Should Have Left

Director:    David Koepp Cast:    Kevin Bacon, Amanda Seyfried, Avery Tiiu Essex, Colin Blumenau, Lowri Ann Richards, Eli Powers Rating:     MA Running Time:     93 Australian Distributor:     Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Australia   Theo (Kevin Bacon) is a retired and wealthy banker who is trying to put his life back together after a dark event. Together with his wife and daughter, he rents an isolated and luxurious house in a field in Wales, which initially seems too good to be true. As the days go byRead More